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I have created a chapter – by – chapter set of comprehension exercises with linked SPAG activities and additional writing tasks. There are 12 comprehension / SPAG worksheets and 5 complimentary writing tasks

Each comprehension activity has a variey of different questions, with 20 marks available (allowing for a % score to be made!). I have designed questions which allow success for less able children but with challenging, higher order questions for above average pupils. Harder questions are signified by being awarded extra marks (up to 3 marks as in the SATs and key stage tests). Each reading task has a learning objective in line with Year 5/6 National Curriculum objectives and requires the reading of one full chapter or part of a chapter of the Firework – Maker’s Daughter.

The worksheets are all A4 size, written in Word, and there are various ways to use the activity sheets, including:

As part of a shared reading session, with the pupils completing the written tasks after discussion and analysis of the text as a class or group.

As independent written tasks for the rest of the class, while the teacher is reading with a smaller group.

As an additional, ready-made resource to support the study of The Firework-Maker’s Daughter as a Unit of Work / class book.

As a stand-alone, independent reading activity / assessment.

As a useful teacher prompt/ discussion leader when doing a guided read.

Alongside the comprehension task, each worksheet has a SPAG challenge based on the Year 5 and 6 English frameworks – for example: dictionary activities, synonyms, etc. These could be the focus of the lesson, serve as an extension task or be used as a stand alone / separate activity.

As all worksheets are created on Microsoft Word they can be easily adapted to suit your needs. For example, in the past I have shrank the set questions to half-page size and photocopied them to stick in pupils’ books, ready for independent work. You could also add your own questions, objectives etc.

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Last Update: 1st February 2021
Released: 11th May 2020